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Forum staff reports , Published August 16 2013

Business digest - 08/17/13

JDP Automation joins Rockwell

JDP Automation, Moorhead, has joined the Rockwell Automation Partner Network Program as a recognized systems integrator.

JDP Automation is now part of a worldwide network of engineering specialists and suppliers who work collaboratively to solve manufacturing and automation challenges.

Alerus purchases Tegrit assets

Alerus Financial has purchased the assets of Tegrit Administrators.

The acquisition, which includes 1,875 retirement plans with more than 30,000 participants, increases the wealth management assets of Alerus by $1.3 billion. The majority of clients from the transaction are in Michigan.

Alerus currently services more than 2,500 retirement plans with more than 180,000 participants throughout the United States.

Vanity launches Hint line of denim clothing

Vanity is now offering Hint, a new private label line of denim-based clothing in their stores and online at evanity.com.

The new clothing was recently featured in an article in Women’s Wear Daily.

Hint will initially be featured in 30 of Fargo-based Vanity’s 165 stores. The brand’s prices range from $20 to $75.

Rotary peach sale set for Monday

The annual peach sale sponsored by Fargo West Rotary will be from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Kmart parking lot on South University Drive, Fargo.

Rotarians will sell 23-pound lugs of Georgia Freestone peaches. Each lug costs $30. To reserve an order, call (701) 306-6869.

All proceeds from your purchase support various non-profit organizations throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area and provide opportunities for high school students to attend leadership camps, scholarships for technical schooling, computers for Project English, Dictionary’s for area 3rd graders and many others.

Affordable Care Act topic of luncheon

The Affordable Care Act will be the topic of discussion at the Fargo-Moorhead Human Resource Association, monthly educational luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Ramada Plaza and Suites, Fargo.

The panel participants include representatives from Eide Bailly, Sanford Health, Medica, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties.

The luncheon is open to the public and is free for FMHRA members and students and $20 for non-members.

For more information or to register visit www.fmhra.org.

Expressway Suites coming to Grand Forks

Advanced Hospitality of North Dakota has broken ground on a new Expressway Suites in Grand Forks near the Alerus Center.

Expressway Suites are also located in Fargo and Bismarck.

The new three-story, 71-room property in Grand Forks will feature a water play area, game room, fitness room and business center along with other amenities in the rooms.

Thrivent reps to open new office in Fargo

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans representatives Larry Borlaug, Carla Braaten and Paul Holtan will open a new office at 1131 Westrac Drive Suite 107, Fargo.

An open house at the new location will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19.

Borlaug, Braaten and Holtan, known as the Agassiz Associates, are representatives with Thrivent’s northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota regional financial office in Fargo.

New hotel campus going up near New Town

New Leaf Development has broken ground on a 200-room hotel campus on Hwy. 23 east of New Town, N.D.

The project will include the Little Missouri Inn & Suites, a family style hotel, and Teddy’s Residential Suites, an all-suite, extended-stay hotel.

The four-story Teddy’s Residential Suites will feature 103 rooms that include a kitchen area with stove, microwave, full-sized refrigerator, dishwashers, cabinets and drawers fully stocked with kitchen utensils, flatware and dishware.

The building will also feature a large conference room and the entire hotel will be anchored by a 5,000 square foot lounge that will include an outdoor patio. Other amenities include a whirlpool, fitness center and free guest laundry.

The hotel complex will include boat and trailer parking and plans are to offer opportunities for guided fishing and hunting packages. Both properties will have a designated locker room area for oil-related workers and outdoor recreation guests to store gear and clothing.

Both hotels are scheduled to open in July 2014 and will employ approximately 60 people.